Ju­nior net­ball cel­e­brates 12 teams in comp

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

DOU­GLAS Net­ball As­so­ci­a­tion fin­ished their sea­son off on a great note this year. Twelve teams took part in our com­pe­ti­tion. The Un­der 10s Div, played in par­tic­i­pa­tion games with all of our play­ers re­ceiv­ing par­tic­i­pa­tion tro­phies. Best and Fairest, Play­ers Choice and Most Im­proved, up for grabs.

Un­der 10s Best and Fairest went to Emma Brown, Play­ers Choice went to Baxan As­ton Dil­lan and Most im­proved went to Hay­ley New­man.

Un­der 12s played off in the grand fi­nal with Blue Light­ning VS Panthers. It was a very in­tense game with Blue Light­ning tak­ing out the win by 1 point. Player of the Grand Fi­nal was Beau-Lily Jenk­ins. Best and fairest went to Jan­ice Bur­combe, Play­ers Choice went to Bella Mus­set and Most Im­proved to Evie Cot­ton. In­ter­me­di­ates: The grand fi­nal was be­tween Young Sap­phires and Pythons. Sap­phires came out with a great lead, and con­tin­ued play­ing solidly win­ning 25-11. Player of the Grand Fi­nal went to Kate Padovan. Best and Fairest went to Kate Padovan, Play­ers Choice was Heidi Pashen and this Most Im­proved went to Claire Due­ble. Thank you to all of the coaches and um­pires who helped out through out the sea­son.

This year Dou­glas Net­ball ran a de­vel­op­ment pro­gram for 12s, 14s and 18s coached by Jodi Fran­cis and Kirsty McKay. This led to teams be­ing se­lected to the Ju­nior Mar­lins.

Three of our ath­letes – Jenna Ker­swell, Ge­or­gia McCarthy and Kyah Fran­cis – were cho­sen to travel to Bris­bane, which in­volved spe­cialised coach­ing, pro­gram and game play.

Dou­glas Net­ball also chose three teams to rep­re­sent our shire at a rep­re­sen­ta­tive car­ni­val with our 12s and 14s com­ing run­ners up in the re­gion.

These teams also par­tic­i­pated in an in­ter-town com­pe­ti­tion in Ma­reeba, with our Un­der 12s com­ing out un­de­feated win­ners. Our Un­der 14s and 18s both were run­ners up in the grand fi­nal. Ella Cairns from the Un­der 12s re­ceived Play­ers Choice and player of the grand fi­nal. The Un­der 14s was Jorja Con­nor and for the 18s it was Lana Bax­ter.

Thank you to our coaches, man­agers and um­pires. Sharon Beechy, Kath Bax­ter, Kirsty McKay, Alex Hei­dke, Jody Fran­cis and Lana Bax­ter. Thank you to our ded­i­cated com­mit­tee for their hours and hours of hard work.

Spe­cial men­tion to Cas­san­dra Cairns, who ran our can­teen, and bus mon­i­tors Sasha Lowe­in­stein Jones, Lana and Kacy Bax­ter. Thanks to our com­mit­tee: Sharon Beechy, Kath Bax­ter, Cass Cairns, Treveen Page, Alex Hei­dke, Liz Ryan and Nichelle Pitt.

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